Planes are used to shave fairly small amounts of wood off of long wooden boards. Rasps and files have functions similar to planes, but remove material in a different way.
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This smaller version of the jack plane is used for final finishing. (The largest plane is a jointer plane, which can be about 2 feet long.) A smoothing plane can be used after a jack plane, or it may simply be used for less rigorous planing on smaller pieces of wood.
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